Sunday, February 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Several years ago I started using Birthday Alarm, a free online service that reminds me of those special dates. It popped up again just this morning, gently reminding me of my friend Pat's birthday!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
My brother-in-law invited me to go for a hike on Monday. I do a lot of walking so I jumped at the opportunity to get a little exercise while here. Well! Little did I know the effects of altitude and climbing an incline. I know I gave him cause for laughter more than once but I persevered and we finished the entire hike even though according to Steve it took a lot longer than when he does it by himself. Surely it must have been all the times we stopped to discuss the surroundings versus allowing me to catch my breath. Right?
Seeing the Rockies from a distance is always a beautiful view. However, the view while standing on a mountain itself is another site to behold. Any sweat and shortness of breath was worth it. I've learned through the years that sometimes when faced with a difficult situation it's helpful to look at it from another angle. Another point of view. Or a different altitude if you will.
Here's to discovering new and beautiful views in life!
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Jake promised his sister that he would stay by her side the whole way and that they'd do this together. She reminded him of this promise several times these past two months as they each prepared.
Finally, race day arrived. Maggie looked at me and sighed, "What did I get myself into?" I assured her that she was prepared and that she could really do this. I wanted her to experience the success of completing something so significant in her life. I knew it would be difficult but I also knew she had the perseverence to accomplish it. Upon check-in for the competition they found out that Jake would be taking off in the first heat of swimmers and she wouldn't get to take off until the 3rd.
By the time Jake was done swimming the required 500 yards, Maggie was just beginning. He patiently waited in the transition area until she arrived, out of breath and tired. Together they took off for the 10 mile bike ride. When they returned from the bike portion it was obvious Maggie was struggling. She was exhausted but willingly began the 2.5 mile run.
As my husband and I anticipated their return, I focused my binoculars to the area where they would be returning. There was a bend in the road and then a straight path to the finish line. I finally saw them. Maggie's cheeks were bright red and sweat was running down a pained face. Jake was smiling and I could tell he was proud of his big sis. And then I noticed something that touched most watching. They were holding hands, running together to the finish line. The tears came easily as I marveled at not only their relationship but what they had accomplished together.
As I reflect on that final scene I compare it to what we get to do at Organized Audrey. We come alongside of others, encouraging and helping them achieve goals which they see as impossible. My employees have often remarked how blessed they are to work with the clients that cross our path. We see individuals completely turn around their lives by learning organizing skills and techniques to lead more peaceful lives. Truly it is a privilege. Those that experience the greatest successes are those that finish.
Here's to finishing strong,
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Lakes and campsites are accessible by canoe only and portages are common. No glass or metal containers are allowed which means utilizing things such as dehydrated food. Any garbage must also be packed out.
Although I’m an experienced camper, I had never camped in a wilderness area as remote as the BWCA. Because our plans included two portages, it was important to pack light, with only the bare necessities.
In my world of plenty, I had to constantly ask myself if an item was really needed. When the packing was complete, I ended up taking only one pair of pants (which included zip-off shorts), two t-shirts, four pairs of socks and I’m not telling how many underwear!
However, there was one item I just couldn’t leave at home. Any guesses? Toilet paper! In reality, though, I was challenged in my thinking of what is truly necessary in my every day life. As an Organizing Consultant, you can imagine how this played into the business I operate.
I hope your summer is filled with making new memories. I know I have several new ones!
All my best,